On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me my own personal book crush!
Don’t tell my husband this, but I have a long list of book boyfriends (who am I kidding, he already knows). So many, in fact, that every time I thought I had my list of 10 perfected, someone else would pop in my head, and I would have to begin the arduous task of figuring out who was going to get bumped off the list. I’m actually lucky that the list is just book characters because if I had to also include TV (Spike from Buffy), movies (Loki from The Avengers), and video games (pretty much any male character Bioware creates), the list might never get made because I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to 10. That being said, I present my often edited list of my 10 book crushes.
1. Curran – Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
“If you ever became hurt, I would not leave you. I’ll be there. Whereever you want ‘there’ to be.”
Oh my God. Who doesn’t love Curran? Crazy people, that’s who! I’ll be honest, in real life, he would probably annoy me because he comes off very cocky in the first couple of books, but in the world of the book, he is just hot. Every scene he’s in makes me smile (aside from wanting to smack him a couple of times in Magic Rises), and the back and forth between him and Kate is so great that I would almost feel bad stealing him from her if I existed in that world. Almost.
2. Tybalt – October Daye series by Seanan McGuire
“You are truly endearing when you sleep. I attribute this to the exotic nature of seeing you in a state of silence.”
Apparently, I’m a cat person when it comes to my book boyfriends because I have loved the King of Cats since the first time he appeared in Book One. He’s yet another arrogant man who wouldn’t stand a chance with me in real life but whose personality I adore on the page. He has a snarky personality that I just love, and he steals every scene he’s in. He’s cocky, funny, and fiercely protective of those he cares about. What more do I need to say?
3. Trent – The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
“I want to wake up beside you, see your curls on my pillow. I want a chance at falling in love.”
Is it wrong to say I’ve loved Trent ever since he was introduced in book one, considering he wasn’t all that nice of a guy? I think this cements the fact that I have a thing for bad boys, and apparently arrogant ones as well, as both terms fit Trent perfectly. Throughout the series though, Trent has shown he is more than a pretty face. He’s fiercely protective and will do everything in his power to keep his loved ones safe, even though that doesn’t always tend to go well. The amount of depth given to his character over the course of the series is just amazing to me. You just have to love him.
4. Roarke – In Death series by J.D. Robb
“You saved me, Eve. What you are, what I feel for you, what we are together saved me.”
*wistful sigh* Roarke is the perfect man. Strong. Protective. (Slightly) reformed bad boy. Irish (I have a thing for accents). I honestly don’t know what else to say about him because when I think about him, my immediate response is to sigh and start daydreaming. All thought processes stop. Eve Dallas is one lucky fictional woman. Even if the In Death series doesn’t seem like your type of thing, you need to give it a try just to experience the wonder that is Roarke.
5. Terrible – Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane
“Love you too, Chess. You got that aye? Ain’t you know it? Love you right, till it hurts. Ain’t going nowhere.”
If you had told me a couple years ago that one of my favorite characters of all time would be a homely enforcer for a drug lord, I would have said you were crazy. Then, I “met” Terrible. Oh, Terrible. He has put me through the emotional wringer often in these five books. The best word to describe him is fierce. There is a passion in him that makes him stand out despite the fact that he’s not the typical handsome hero. He loves Chess with a fierceness that leaps off the page, and that just makes him so attractive as a leading man. I hope we get more of this series so I can see more of Terrible!
6. Algaliarept – The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
Al was cruel, vindictive, angry, elegant, powerful. He gave me strength, he gave me wisdom, not only about magic, but about myself. He was a lot like Trent only harsher around the edges.
Again with the bad boys, or bad demons in this case. Somehow, the evil, scary demon from book one managed to worm his way into my heart, to the point that I miss him when he doesn’t have many scenes and I would be devastated if he died. I’m not sure how Kim Harrison managed to make me feel that way. Suffice to say, Al is awesome, and I hope he finds happiness in the final book.
7. Owen – Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep
“I don’t judge you for what you’ve done, Gin. Why are you judging me for another man’s mistakes? Because Donovan Caine did make a mistake…letting someone like you go.”
After the douchebag that was Donovan Caine, Jennifer Estep had to give Gin a man who was worthy of her. Boy, did she deliver. Owen is magnificent. He accepts his woman for who and what she is, loving her completely, and doesn’t try to change her. He’ll even fight beside her when necessary. All in all, he’s the perfect complement to his assassin sweetheart.
8. Finn – Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep
“She puts up with me because I happen to be rich, handsome, charming, a witty conversationalist, and exceptionally talented in bed. Flexible too.”
Oh, Finn. What can I say about him? He’s so cocky you can’t help but love him. He can bring lightness to the darkest of scenes, always bringing a smile to my face. Every girl needs someone like that.
9. Pritkin – Cassie Palmer series by Karen Chance
Pritkin kissed like he did everything else, straightforward, accepting no prisoners and with an intensity that left me breathless. It was hot and hard and desperate like he was starving for it, and I opened my mouth and took it, because, God.
Oh, Pritkin, my surly mage. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a Pritkin fan girl. I really wouldn’t mind if Mircea met the wrong end of a stake so Cassie would be free to be with Pritkin (too harsh? No.). He steals every scene he’s in. He’s been through so much, sometimes I just want to reach through the book and hug him. Whenever the series ends, I hope he ends up happy.
10. Vel – Sirantha Jax series by Ann Aguirre
Vel once told me that the heart isn’t like a cup of water. You can’t drain it. It’s more like an endless well, and the more you love, the more it pumps out.
I equate Vel with Garrus from the Mass Effect video game series. Neither is particularly attractive by human standards (one’s race is referred to as Bugs while the other looks kind of like a dinosaur), but their personalities are such that you can’t help but love them. Throughout the Sirantha Jax series, I always kind of wanted Jax to dump March and go for Vel. He is just all sorts of awesome: sensitive yet tough, protective, and loving. He is by far my favorite character in the series.
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